Demineralization occurs when existing plaque in your mouth comes into contact with sugar. The result is an acid that attacks your teeth, causing tooth decay. The first step to a healthier smile is being aware of the sugary foods and beverages that your child enjoys.
Your child’s smile is something that they will have for life - and it’s important that our youngest patients get off to a healthy start from the very beginning. One of the first steps to a cavity-free smile is maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.
Almost all foods contain some type of sugar, but some choices are healthier than others. Avoid items with added sugar such as juice, sports beverages, candy, and treats from the bakery. Also, be sure to read food labels because sugar is often added to foods you might not suspect.
The best rule of thumb, when it comes to healthy food choices for your smile, is to shop the perimeter of your grocery store. It’s among the fresh produce, dairy and meat sections that you’ll find the foods that will keep your smile cavity-free.
Need a little snack? Don’t grab the cookies! Opt for choices to munch on that will make teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities, such as:
- Raw, crunchy vegetables
- Yogurt and cheese
- Fresh fruit
Not only do these foods contain a minimal amount of damage-causing sugar, they also promote healthy teeth and gums. Your child’s healthy smile (and their overall health) depends on the nutrients, vitamins and minerals in the foods that they eat, so encourage them to indulge in a wide variety from the five major food groups.
Brush Up On Your Brushing!
Young children and teenagers often struggle with thoroughly brushing and flossing their teeth. This makes them especially prone to suffering from demineralization and cavities. Fight plaque by encouraging your child to brush their teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes, and flossing at least once a day. A daily fluoride rinse is also beneficial to strengthen areas that may be starting to demineralize.
Routine dental checkups at our office are equally important. If your child is regularly missing a spot when they brush or floss, we'll notice it and help them improve their oral hygiene skills. We also professionally clean their teeth, while offering preventative treatments to prolong the health and beauty of their smile.
Worried about your child’s smile? Give our office a call today to schedule their next check-up.